THE QUESTION OF QUALITY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA (2)
Nigeria's educational failure will continue to subsist unless the following variable, indices or factors are challenged by a revolution and revolution only.
Firstly, the appointment and promotion of teachers from the primarily schools through the secondary schools to the universities has been drastically compromised since 1980s. Stake -holders of education in Nigeria know very well that people from no where are lifted out of social or pecuniary interest and appointed lecturers whose primary contribution is to became professors and head of institutions the way they were appointed.
Secondly the idea of institutional and university autonomy is like a blanket power vested on the heads of institution to appoint lectures and professors without merit, which at any rate justified by the currency of bourgeois autonomy constructed where professorship is lacking in international content in most universities in Nigeria.
Thirdly that some universities reject some professors for appointment for sabbatical or substantive positions only portrays quality of Nigeria professors and teachers as well as that teaching and learning is questionable in some universities
Fourthly increasing population and expansion of number of universe are not being managed to correspond in geometrical proportion to the quality of education instead it has brought a rapidly alarming rate of educational corruption; as this phenomenon has released unmerited unwanted lecturers and teachers who cannot afford to sit down for at least one hour to ponder, cogitate on 'problem predicate' yet our system appoints and promote lecturers and professors indiscriminately every year.
Fifthly, sorting-out, bribery and favoritism in higher institutions of learning are a society induced , a symptom of primitive and barbaric capitalism.
A streaming population of unrestrained youths fall into the lap of ethnic , sectional and sectarian generated corrupt lecturers in order to grease the elbow of get certificate quick syndrome.
The problem of Nigeria education has passed the level of describing it as facing challenges but is in a state of near irreversible chaos which however can be paradoxically and mutably re-written in new education history and constitution for our country. When a piece of history gets to its dead end only a revolution can re-define it.
The jump to education organized for industrial age without first of all meeting the demands of education based on knowledge economy is fallacy: a blind action without premise that has set African educational system, especially Nigeria on the perpetual teeth of failure and somersaulting and fifthly good governance is the bottom line answer to educational failure in Nigeria without which democracy will not be sustained and corruption triumphs. In a corrupt country even private initiative in education will be corrupt
There is a adage that says that anything worth doing at all is worth doing well. Democracy and good governance must go along with social responsibility and non-governmental initiative and participation in education. If the government continues with its lackadaisical attitude to education, the wind of change that started favouring private primary and secondary schools in the 1970's will begin now to favor private universities disbanding our primary and secondary schools as well as our polytechnic and universities as republics of the poor and the never -do- wells.
•Maduabuchi Dukor is Professor of Philosophy at Nnamdi Azikiwe University and President/ Editor -in-chief of Essence Library.08037143816